Being told you have PCOS is the most devastating news especially if you are trying to get pregnant. However, I have treated a lot of women in your situations successfully! But sometimes it's not an easy road. But you can do it, with acupuncture/acupressure points, diet and lifestyle changes, it is possible to get pregnant!
Symptoms of PCOS?
1 in 10 women is diagnosed with PCOS, they usually only find out when they are trying to get pregnant. I think the reason for this is, your period can be a real pain in your busy lifestyles, so if you have an irregular cycle or no period at all you just don’t really care. This is true, right. The only time you are aware of your cycle is when you are trying to get pregnant. Or you have been to your doctor about your irregular cycle or no periods and he/she puts you on the pill to regulate your cycle, otherwise, you don’t think about it.
There is a method called Rotterdam criteria that your doctors can use to see if you have PCOS, they check 3 things
How do you do this?
With a blood test to check your hormone levels. Scanning your ovaries to check for any cysts, if you have PCOS your ovaries will look swollen with a thick shiny white coat, with lots of cysts.
You need only 2 of the above symptoms to have PCOS. Do not panic if you have answered yes to any of the 3 questions because you can do so much with diet, exercise sleep, acupuncture and herbal medicine.
Researchers cannot find any reason for PCOS, but they do know that high insulin levels affect your ovaries by producing too much testosterone which affects ovulation.
This is where Chinese medicine is brilliant!
Chinese medicine is thousands of years old and as early as 1200 Chinese doctors recognised PCOS they called it Tian Gui disorder. Its affects three major organs in the body.
Kidney, Spleen and Liver
If Kidney and Spleen do not function there is a buildup of fluids, the ovaries swell or become enlarged. This means in Chinese medicine your Kidney Yang energy is not working and this allows cysts to form. no smooth flow, this creates heat which also forms cysts. This is a lot to take in, right! Your Liver allows your menstrual blood to flow, if you have no cycle or irregular cycle your liver is not balanced and you have blood stagnation.
Basically, Acupuncture and Chinese medicine work to restore balance back to your Kidney’s Yin and Yang energy/health, helping to rebalance your hormones and if needed reduce your BMI to get a healthy insulin level and your insulin sensitivity improved. Using acupuncture increases ovulation up to 90%. If you are trying to get pregnant acupuncture has a 75% success rate in ladies with PCOS.
If you are overweight and have PCOS there is a higher risk of miscarriage.
What can you start doing!!!
Why exercise? -
Why do you need to eat food full of omega 3 with PCOS, those type of food help to reduce testosterone and inflammation levels also can reduce LH level.
Lifestyle and diet are vitally important in treating PCOS.
Please leave me a comment and ask any questions and I will read and answer all I can
Best of luck on your journey, I hope I can help you become parents
Written by Lucy Townsley
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